If we look at the players Newcastle have already bought in this summer, the Magpies can already field a strong side against Arsenal on August 13th, unlucky for some.
Hatem Ben Arfa – how many goals next season?
And when you think Newcastle now have Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling fully fit again, the side already looks a lot more skillful than last seaosn.
But of course Newcastle still have to bring in more players this summer, since the squad last season was far too small for the Premier League, and we also we need to increase the competition for places in as many positions as possible.
And with what we have this could be the team that starts against Arsenal:
Simpson (Taylor S) Coloccini (c) Williamson Enrique (Ferguson)
Barton (Gosling) Cabaye Tiote Marveaux (Gutierrez)
Subs: Harper Taylor (S), Ferguson, Gosling, Guthrie, Ameobi, Gutierrez
No place for Peter Lovenkrands or Ryan Taylor on the bench in that line-up, and we still have a sneaking suspicion that Alan Pardew may prefer Steve Harper in goal, because of his vast experience.
But Tim Krul must also stand a great chance of breaking through as first choice next seaosn, and he’s the future goalkeeper at Newcastle, there’s little doubt about that.
If Steven Taylor cannot get back into the side at center-back, we have to think he could be challenging Danny Simpson for the right back position.
Hatem Ben Arfa will also play in that withdrawn striker role , in which Kevin Nolan was so successful in over the last two seasons with 30 goals scored, and it will be interesting to see how many goals Ben Arfa can score next season.
So you can see Newcastle could already field a very strong side, with increased competition for places.
But yes, Newcastle still need more players in to both increase the size of the Newcastle squad, along with its quality.
What do you think?